FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A fire truck that responded to the terrorist attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 will be displayed at the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox.
Museum director Christopher Kolakowski told The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/VUfOnp) that the truck is being prepared and preserved before it is put on display. He says the museum hopes to host an event when the truck is moved to its exhibit space, but they haven't decided yet when that will be.
The newspaper reports that the museum is one of only a few to be able to exhibit a public fire truck that responded to the 2001 attacks.
The truck was several yards away when a plane hit the building, but suffered observable damage.
Kolakowski said he reach out to touch the truck as soon as the tarp was pulled off.
"It was a very spiritual moment for me," he said. "The real object, the real place, has a power that reproductions and photographs don't have."
Museum officials hope to make a reproduction of the Pentagon ablaze behind the truck and relay information about the history of the piece, which museum employees are still researching.
"It's a very powerful story," he said. "My job is to get out of the way and let it tell itself."
The Center of Military History offered the truck to the museum in August and it arrived in September.
Before it is exhibited, the truck will be cleaned, drained of its fluids, stabilized where one tire is flat and go through a preservation process that will ensure it looks the same in 50 years as it does now.
"We have a responsibility not only to the past, but to the future," he said.
The museum's purpose is to help train soldiers, so Kolakowski said it's important that troops know the impact that the attacks had.
"I want them to understand and I want them to remember just what 9/11 was," he said. "It was our generation's Pearl Harbor, and I want them to remember what it was to the Army."
Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com